An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 3 July 2012
Legendary television actor Andy Griffith, who made a name for himself with his self-titled comedy “The Andy Griffith Show” and later on the long-running series “Matlock,” has died at the age of 86.
Griffith was rushed to a North Carolina hospital by an EMS team after they were called to his Roanoke home Tuesday morning. Judy Panitch, a rep for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to where the actor donated a great deal of time and funds, confirmed the news to Fox411 Tuesday.
The details surrounding the cause of his death were not immediately available.
No Time For Sergeants, The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock….these are things I grew up with, an it’s difficult to realize your childhood is so totally gone, but each time one of those from the big and little screen dies, it comes back to remind us what once was, and will be no more.
Like most of the ‘right’, I was actually shocked, and appalled, to find out Mr Griffith was a flaming lib. But that doesn’t diminish his role in our formative years. It’s a shame more dads weren’t like Sheriff Andy, and more lawyers aren’t more like the ethical Matlock. It’s also a shame that people in Hollywood think because they play pretend roles, they are so much smarter than the rest of us, even though the majority of them don’t have enough sense to deal with the issues in their own lives, yet want to aid the government in taking control of yours. Odd. Very odd!
I do wish him peace, and offer prayers for his family. May they find solace.
My bud, the newlywed, Brennen, posts cover songs from time to time, and some I like more than others. This is one of ‘em! Brat officially feels OLD. Heh.
The Energy Revolution and Its Discontents
With all the gloomy economic news coming out of late, one bright spot flew under the radar last week: the United States is poised to be the proverbial center of the energy universe.
A recent study by Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri found that the United States’ incredible shale reserves represent “the most important revolution in the oil sector in decades.”
Thanks to the technological revolution brought about by the combined use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is now exploiting its huge and virtually untouched shale and tight oil fields, whose production – although still in its infancy – is already skyrocketing in North Dakota and Texas.
Few Americans are more cognizant of this energy revolution’s possibilities than those who live in the towns sitting above the nation’s largest shale formations. The Heritage Foundation traveled to Willison, North Dakota, above the massive Bakken shale, to hear first-hand how the oil boom there has improved residents’ lives.
But there are forces looking to undermine North Dakota’s oil boom. “The area that we worry the most about would be the federal government and regulations,” explained Willison Mayor Ward Koeser, “specifically the Environmental Protection Agency.”